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Group Head of Rewards

Human Resources

Location: Kuwait
Date Posted: November 29th 2016

The Company

One of the leading Banks in the region with a reputation for its services levels and innovation products is now looking for a key as Head of Group Rewards

To provide strategic leadership, vision and oversight for all aspects of the Compensation, Benefits, Payroll, and Performance Management functions across the Bank.

The Role

The role will comprise of the following


  • Contribute and provide inputs to the development of the Human Resources strategy in line with the overall business objectives of THE BANK.
  • Ensure cascading of the Human Resources strategy into the Group Rewards Management strategy by effectively translating it into business / action plans to ensure vertical alignment and horizontal integration with other interfacing strategies.

People Management

  • Manage the effective achievement of objectives through setting individual objectives, managing performance, developing and motivating staff, provision of formal and informal feedback and appraisal in order to maximise subordinate and the overall performance.

Budgets and Plans

Prepare and recommend the Group Rewards Management budget and monitor financial performance versus the budget so that the business is aware of anticipated costs/revenues, and areas of unsatisfactory performance are identified, rectified promptly and potential performance improvement opportunities are capitalised upon.

Organisation Structure

Define an optimum organisation structure for Group Rewards Management in coordination with OD and Effectiveness so that resources are optimally utilized and communication can take place in an efficient manner.

Rewards Management

Design plans and programs, and develop, implement and maintain compensation, benefits, payroll, and performance management policies, procedures, strategies, audit guidelines, communication plans for THE BANK Group.

  • Partner with THE BANK Group leadership to leverage compensation and benefits programs to meet organisational objectives.
  • Develop, track, and review the manpower budget for THE BANK based on the manpower headcount budget prepared by OD and Effectiveness and in liaison with Group Financial Control and Group Strategy and Corporate Affairs.
  • Ensure that all THE BANK Group’s compensation structures, pay grades, and pay practices are in accordance with all respective laws and the best practices and standards.
  • Assume full responsibility for executive compensation policies, pay practices and compensation structure.
  • Oversee the design and review of compensation structures, levels, cash and non-cash benefits, and policies, including Annual Incentive Scheme (AIS), Long Term Incentive Scheme (LTI) and Short Term Incentive Scheme (STI).
  • Develop and prepare THE BANK’s Annual Compensation Review in coordination with Group Leadership Development to ensure retention and full engagement of Key Risk Roles and Key Talent.
  • Conduct regular and systematic reviews of compensation practices and policies, analyse current rewards programs to ensure they align with business strategy, and analyse market competitiveness of THE BANK Group’s compensation and benefit plans to ensure they optimise the ability to attract and retain top talent.
  • Assume full responsibility of Performance Management System; ensure all annual performance evaluations are thoughtfully written with clear feedback for performance improvement.
  • Monitor programs, processes and policies for effectiveness and make recommendations for changes that balance the bank’s needs with short- and long-term health and financial welfare of employees.
  • Serve as lead subject matter expert, problem solver, policy interpreter as it relates to compensation, benefits, payroll and performance management matters.
  • Liaise with Group HRIS to ensure data integrity and efficient unitization of the HR Information System to effectively and accurately administer payroll, compensation, benefits and employee performance.
  • Champion the communication of rewards and compensation philosophy throughout all levels of THE BANK Group on an on-going basis including the design and implementation of communication tools to improve the understanding and value of the offered programs.
  • Oversee the evaluation of jobs using best-in-class methodologies and support Organizational Design and Effectiveness in reviewing changes in Organization Structure proposed by respective functions and facilitating their implementation
  • Maintain knowledge of current trends, laws and developments in compensation, benefits, payroll and performance management.

Change Management

Provide advice and support on organizational change needs and develop recommendations in order to enable continuous improvements.

  • Provide specialized expertise to enable implementation of business transformations and re-organizations.
  • Undertake the required initiatives in order to effectively design and implement change management.

Continuous Improvement

Motivate subordinates and contribute to the identification of opportunities for continuous improvement of systems, processes and practices taking into account ‘international leading practice’, improvement of business processes, cost reduction and productivity improvement.

Policies, Systems, Processes and Procedures

Develop and recommend enhancements to policy and procedures related to Human Resources and implement procedures and controls covering all areas of Group Rewards Management activities to ensure adherence and effective implementation.

Statement and Reports

Oversee the preparation of HR statements and reports as timely and accurately to meet THE BANK, regulatory and human resources requirements, policies and standards.

Quality, Health, Safety, & Environment

  • Ensure compliance to all relevant quality, health, safety and environmental management procedures and controls to guarantee employee safety, compliance, delivery of high quality products/services and a responsible environmental attitude.

The Person

The ideal candidate will have at least 15 years C&B experience from a Bank or Financial Services organisation within the GCC or Europe. Key to this experience of Tax structures, Benefits and rewards and International mobility.

We can only accept candidates with the exact criteria above



to 5,800 KD plus excellent package inc housing , health, bonus, schooling etc

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